Materials Engineer Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare materials engineer salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Materials Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,160
25th Percentile Wage
$70,480
50th Percentile Wage
$92,360
75th Percentile Wage
$120,880
90th Percentile Wage
$148,820

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) materials engineers is $148,820. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $92,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid materials engineers is $55,160.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201692,3600.96%8.71%
201591,4705.83%-
201486,140-1.28%-
201387,2403.35%-
201284,320--

Compare Materials Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of materials engineers in 56 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for materials engineer occupations is the computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $116,650. The lowest paying industry is the coating, engraving, heat treating, and allied activities industry (annual salary $60,670). For detailed materials engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$116,650
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$115,470
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$111,120
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$108,360
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$107,240
Machinery Manufacturing
$106,730
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$103,810
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$100,280
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$97,890
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$96,560
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$94,610
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$94,410
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$93,330
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$92,240
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$90,870
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$89,910
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$89,460
Paper Manufacturing
$89,030
Ship and Boat Building
$88,840
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$85,870
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$84,460
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$83,920
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$83,530
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$83,200
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$82,950
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$80,820
Chemical Manufacturing
$80,440
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$80,160
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$80,140
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$79,940
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$79,930
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$79,470
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$78,830
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$77,640
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$77,010
Forging and Stamping
$76,720
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,300
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$76,030
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$75,800
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$75,470
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$75,450
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$75,340
Textile Mills
$74,520
Foundries
$74,360
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$73,610
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$73,120
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$71,790
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$71,620
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$69,850
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$69,240
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$69,110
Machine Shops
$68,830
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$66,880
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$66,020
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$63,840
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$60,670

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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